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+ - Did Google Undermine U.S. Ability to Compete?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "On June 6th 2007, Google's VP of People Operations testified before Congress that being able to hire the most talented employees was 'essential to the United States' ability to compete globally.' If that's the case, and allegations in a newly-released court document from the High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation case are to be believed, then was Google busy at work on that same day undermining the nation's ability to compete? From the Court document: 'On June 6, 2007, Arnnon Geshuri, Google's director of staffing, emailed [Google CEO] Mr. Schmidt, copying others at Google. (GOOG-HIGH TECH-00009764.) Mr. Geshuri wrote that Bill Campbell, Intuit's Chairman of the Board and Apple board member, “requested that Intuit be added fully to the Do Not Call list. . . . Please confirm that you are okay with the modification to the policy.” Afterward, Google contacted Mr. Campbell for permission before making employment offers to Intuit employees, even if the Intuit employee contacted Google first.' The Verge also reports that Steve Jobs personally asked Eric Schmidt to stop poaching employees, and Google responded by arranging to immediately and publicly fire the employee who initiated the call. The Court document also charges that Intel CEO Paul Otellini tried to hide and downplay a 'global gentleman's agreement' with Google. 'Let me clarify. We have nothing signed. We have a handshake 'no recruit' between Eric and myself. I would not like this broadly known,' Otellini reportedly wrote."

Comment: Re:By the way, game prices in Australia (Score 1) 55

by bravni (#38818147) Attached to: Australia Likely To Get 18+ Game Rating

Thanks for your (and the other guys posting as ACs) detailed answers.

So it's mostly a ratchet effect on the foreign exchange, with massive impact because of AUD/USD volatility.

It sucks that online platforms such as Steam are playing that game and not allow you to buy in USD at US prices... Well it also sucks for me to some extent (although online prices in Japan are not so bad - almost in sync with the US, the selection is limited, with AAA titles such as Arkham City missing for obscure reasons, etc). There used to be a time where I actually relied on Steam more, when they had not implemented regional segmentation yet. Now I am back to brick and mortar import shops or HK based outlets.

Comment: By the way, game prices in Australia (Score 3, Interesting) 55

by bravni (#38817385) Attached to: Australia Likely To Get 18+ Game Rating

Why is it so expensive? Taxes?
Or just good old price fixing?

I am a European, now living in Japan, and have ordered a lot of stuff from the US over the years. While I can figure out most factors for explaining game prices in these 3 regions (the 1 USD = 1 GBP = 1 EUR "special exchange rate", VAT differences, margins lower in the US vs rest of the world aka price fixing), I still cannot make sense of the outrageous prices in Australia...

The Almighty Buck

UK Video Game Tax Cuts Sabotaged? 123

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-wonder-if-it-rhymes-with-shmactivision dept.
ninjacheeseburger writes "Develop recently published an article claiming that the UK government was put under pressure by one of the biggest game companies in the world to cancel planned tax breaks for video game developers. This company had apparently viewed game tax relief as a measure that would have given the UK an unfair advantage over other nations."
Apple

+ - iPad To Be SIM-Locked in Japan

Submitted by bravni
bravni (133601) writes "Unfortunately, it appears that Steve Jobs' promise not to lock the iPad to any carrier will be broken when it is released in Japan later this month. All iPads 3G sold in Japan will be SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile. Also, you will not be able to get a SIM-card only subscription from Softbank on a legitimately unlocked iPad bought abroad, whether you imported it or you are a visitor. This is a major disappointment, even amongst Softbank users, since they will not be able to fully use their iPad 3G when traveling (nope, cannot use prepaid data SIM from foreign carriers either). This Japan-exclusive crippled version will come at full price, no carrier subsidy.
Yet another indication that Japan is the Galapagós of mobile technology. Is extinction the next step?"
Image

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"
Wii

Wii Hardware Upgrade Won't Happen Soon 325

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-show-ugly-mario-in-hd dept.
As high-definition graphics become more and more entrenched in this generation of game consoles, Nintendo has had to deal with constant speculation about a new version of the Wii that would increase its capabilities. Today, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime bluntly denied that a hardware revision was imminent, saying, "We are confident the Wii home entertainment console has a very long life in front of it." He added, "In terms of what the future holds, we've gone on record to say that the next step for Nintendo in home consoles will not be to simply make it HD, but to add more and more capability, and we'll do that when we've totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii. And we're nowhere near doing that yet."

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